Police believe their story, but won't hear yours?
There are two sides to every story. Just because somebody is the first person to file a police report and make an accusation doesn't always mean they are the true victim. In some cases, the real offender sometimes runs to the police making the first report in order manipulate the investigation and lead with their self-serving story. Unfortunately, the police and prosecution are often biased in favor of the person who reports first even when that person is the true offender.
Even when somebody is a victim at some level, another very common problem arises when they seriously exaggerate and overstate the nature and extent of an alleged crime. This can lead to situations where defendants are over-charged and end up settling with charges that they didn't actually commit.
As a former felony prosecutor, I've seen this problem and know that it's real. It can be very difficult for the police and prosecution to remain open minded once they have labeled one person as the "offender" and another as the "victim." Some people simply want to explain their story to the police, believing it will set the record straight and clear their good name. This is very risky, especially when the police may have already labeled them as the offender. It's always best to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney first.
As a former prosecutor, I spent many years speaking with victims and reading witness statements. I've handled everything from simple assault and aggravated assault to homicides, sexual assaults, and murder. I know what is, and what is not, persuasive to prosecutors when they are hearing "the other side of the story" from a defense attorney. I worked on the other side. I know what caught my attention as a prosecutor, and what caught the attention of the rest of the prosectution attorneys around the office.
If your side of the story needs to be told, call or contact me.
I can help you:
- present the true facts
- explain what really did or did not happen
- articulate your story in a way most likely to be heard by the prosecution.
-Andrew McAdams, McAdams Law PLLC.